China’s Breathtaking Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe

The Telegraph has written a lengthy profile of the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe, which has gained worldwide fame for a signature move which has star Wu Zhengdan dancing on pointe on top of her partner (and husband) Wei...

Mao’s Last Dancer

The Houston Chronicle reviews Mao’s Last Dancer, a film about ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was the first person in the cultural field to defect from China: Directed by Bruce Beresford from a screenplay by Jan Sardi,...

Should The White Haired Girl Marry The Evil Landlord?

At EastSouthWestNorth, Roland Soong looks at some modern day reactions to the revolutionary opera The White Haired Girl, one of the Eight Model Plays: Yesterday, veteran editor and cultural critic Xiong Yuanyi came to the...

China Cultural Revolution “Not All Bad” For Ballet

From Reuters: As a young ballet dancer, Zhao Ruheng would traipse across the Chinese countryside performing a carefully selected repertoire to factory workers and peasants and do her bit for the now notorious cultural...

Chinese acrobatics troupe turns ‘Swan Lake’ on its head – Sheila Melvin

From the International Herald Tribune: ‘Swan Lake” is one of the best-loved of all ballets, especially in China, where it was the first full-length ballet performed by Chinese dancers after the founding of the People’s Republic. The Tchaikovsky classic is a standard in the Central Ballet of China’s repertory and is also frequently performed by […]

Chinese Art in Washington – Lynette Clemetson

From The New York Times: In an artistic “war room” in the Kennedy Center, anxious staff members were leafing through signs directing artists to “stage right” and elsewhere in Chinese. Down the hall, hundreds of packages of instant noodles lined the walls of a rehearsal space, quick comfort food for performers who don’t eat granola […]



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